J.J. Johnson kneels in front of his daughter Aja Johnson's casket during her funeral at Vondel L. Smith and Son's South Colonial Chapel in Oklahoma City on Wednesday, April 7, 2010. Photo by John Clanton, The Oklahoman ORG XMIT: KOD
I realized the other day that by picking five or six pictures from each month, I’m probably watering down the Best of 2010 selections. In our staff collection in Merlin, there are some months with only a couple of pictures. Hopefully though, this will give you a good idea of the pictures that we take and a good overview of our favorite pictures of the year. April brought the basketball season to a close. The Thunder were elimninated from the playoffs by the Los Angeles Lakers in six games, it was the 15th anniversary of the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Building and the tragic story of Aja Johnson ended with her funeral on April, 7, 2010.
We also produced more slideshows in April than in any other month this year. Check out Maximum Dodgeball, Cleaning the Fence, Keepers of the Stories, Fifteenth Anniversary, 2010 OKC Tea Party Rally and Yukon Senior Games.
UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA / WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL / WOMEN'S NCAA TOURNAMENT: OU's Joanna McFarland sits in the locker room after Oklahoma's loss against Stanford in the Final Four of the NCAA women's basketball tournament at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas., on Sunday, April 4, 2010. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman ORG XMIT: KOD
ALFRED MURRAH FEDERAL BUILDING, BOMBING, CAR, TRUCK, BOMB, EXPLOSION, 15, FIFTEEN, FIFTEENTH, 15TH, YEAR ANNIVERSARY, CEREMONY, ALFRED P. MURRAH FEDERAL BUILDING: Tracie Harper pauses near the chair dedicated to her sister Christi Jenkins before the Fifteen Years Respect and Resolve ceremony at the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, on April 19, 2010. By John Clanton, The Oklahoman ORG XMIT: KOD
NBA PLAYOFFS / L.A. LAKERS: Oklahoma City's Serge Ibaka (9) fights LA.'s Shannon Brown (12) for a loose ball during the NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Oklahoma City Thunder in game six of the first round series at the Ford Center in Oklahoma City, Friday, April 30, 2010. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman ORG XMIT: KOD